I have decided that I want to try my hand at designing some stuff but I have NO idea how to go about it. From what I can find, most people scan in fabrics & stuff to get textures and papers but what about elements? I know I can scan small things like buttons & stuff but what about big things or 3 dimensional objects? Do I take pictures of stuff & scan those in? Also, I read somewhere that you can take things like paper scrapbooking supplies and scan those but won't those be subject to copyright laws?

I would appreciate any help anyone can offer.